I know what you're thinking... "How can you plan for peace?" "Really, I'm a homeschool mom and there isn't much peace in this house." I feel that way sometimes too and that's why I'm paying close attention this semester to implementing some things I did last year which helped promote a peaceful home during the homeschool week.
Sure, there are days where people are cranky, things don't go well and there are unexpected trips out of the house- maybe even several times during the day. Thankfully, most days aren't like that or don't have to be.
In my first post about planning for peace, I talked about clearing our calendars to help allow for a more peaceful home. This post is going to discuss having a quiet time which can help foster a peaceful home during and after the school day.
One of keys I found to making for a peaceful homeschool day is to make sure I have quite time for myself. Yes, that sounds selfish, but it is in fact a hugely important ingredient. As moms we get very tired being pulled in different directions all day long and well, just used up. Do you have a quiet time? Do you try your best to keep it?
I don't need to list the many, many responsibilities we carry, but you get the idea. Moms who plan for time alone or quiet time, enjoy their day more and can face responsibilities with a more pleasant outlook. So what is this quiet time and how do we plan for it?
What is quiet time?
This should be a time, even a small amount of time you set aside and protect each day to collect your thoughts about your home, school, life, self, family, etc. It's a time to take care of yourself and therefore might be a couple different times during the day. For most moms, it's before their children wake or after they go to sleep.
It could be a time you do yoga, read a book, draw, write in a journal, study your Bible, listen to music or or a podcast, exercise, or just rest. It could even be while your children read or look at books quietly in their rooms. Our children need to see us taking care of ourselves and understand that we are important and should be respected. Likewise, they need a quiet time and we should respect their time, too.
My best friend reminds me of this frequently. I lose that time so often when my brain gets to going on something. Next thing I know, I'm all a mess, stressed and no good to anyone. Then she asks me if I've had quiet time this week. I'm so thankful for Godly friends, aren't you? So, how can we remember to plan for this quiet time?
How Do I Plan for Quiet Time?
Dear friend, please plan your quiet time first. Then add the rest of the day around it. You'll be tons more effective if you take care of yourself and at least know you have allowed for that time during the day.
Keep with it. If it's a time during the day, stick to it and protect it. Decide what you'll do during this time and make it pack a punch. You should do something that requires you to de-stress, arm yourself with truth, and something that refreshes you or makes you feel focused.
I hope you're giving it your best effort in planning for peace. Your family will appreciate it and so will you!
Something else I actually detest doing, but is absolutely necessary to plan for peace is to ...
Part 3 of Planning for Peace is coming later this month. I'll be discussing the thing I detest doing. I wonder if you can guess!
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